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Italian mastiff had swollen lymph nodes in jaw, axillary,

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Italian mastiff had swollen lymph nodes in jaw, axillary, rump.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Like? Recently developed. Not tender. Currently sites not seen to interfere with eating. Dog does not seem uncomfortable
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

How old is he?

Has your vet evaluated these areas yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
5-7 yrs. Vet first answer cancer. Needs expensive surgery.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the information. With those many lymph nodes enlarged, I would agree and say that this is most likely lymphoma. If it was anything else like an infection or immune system problem, it would have to be severe to cause all these lymph nodes to enlarge, and she would be extremely sick. If you vet hasn't aspirated the lymph nodes or taken a biopsy for the lab to evaluated, I would definitely got route. This wouldn't be a surgical disease, though. Your vet can put her on high doses of steroids to decrease the size of the lymph nodes and slow the progression of the disease, but it will eventually progress. Lymphoma does tend to respond well to chemotherapy and can put dogs into remission for years. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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